Brother of Benedict VIII, John was born Romanus and was a layman at the time of his election in 1024. On the day of his consecration, he rose rapidly through the clerical ranks. In 1027, he crowned Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor and is supposed to have considered recognizing the primacy of the see of Constantinople for a tidy sum. Outraged Roman clergy quickly put an end to that idea. John died in 1032/33.
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